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Québec technologies. “The secret ingredient of Québec City’s Life Sciences and healthcare technology industry is thanks in great part to quality research and innovation matched with ambitious entrepreneurs who can take that innovative research and expertise - and make both available to people around the world to improve their daily lives,” Viel concludes. Key figures for Québec City: • More than 9,000 jobs • 121 Life Sciences companies • 85 Life Sciences research centres, chairs and clusters • 600 research professors • 10 of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies operate in the city Looking ahead, some key Life Sciences industry events booked in to the city include: • 23rd International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry and 9th International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies – 2021 • Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (SMBE) Annual Conference – 2020 • 13th Annual International CRISPR Congress – 2019 • 16th Forum on Back and Neck Pain Research in primary care – 2019 While last year saw the successful holding of the 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL) and the 13th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry. Ambassadors’ Club Below: New hybrid operating room dedicated to tertiary cardiology at the IUCPQ-UL The new hybrid operating room combines all the features of a standard surgical operating room with those found in an interventional cardiology room, including imaging equipment. Hybrid operating rooms are needed for a wide variety of procedures, including the percutaneous aortic valve replacements and complex extraction of pacemaker probes. Quebec City has an Ambassadors’ Club created in 1996. It includes university professors and researchers, research centres, as well as business people and organisations from a variety of sectors. These ambassadors draw upon their networks of contacts to convince decision-makers and their organisations to choose Québec City for their conferences. One such ambassador is Simon Duchesne, a researcher at the Centre de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec, Associate Professor and Research Co-Director for the Radiology of Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine and also Director for the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). He was responsible for bringing the 20th International MICCAI Conference in Québec City in September 2017. That event saw 1,000 medical imaging specialists visit Québec City. “Being able to host MICCAI is somewhat like the Olympics. It’s over four years in the making, whereby you have to develop a stellar bid and present it to the governing body. And thanks to the professional-looking, high-quality pitch we developed, we won the event,” said Dr Duchesne. “We are the only city in the world that got to host this event twice,” he added. In 2015, Dr Duschesne won Ambassador of the Year for having organised The Breast Course in Québec City and attracting 3,500 scientists, researchers and other healthcare professionals from 60 countries. Brilliant scientific minds from around the world came to Québec City to discuss breast cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. The ambassador recognises his strengths, however: “I’m much better developing the content, rather than the vehicles used to get that content across. We could not have pulled these two events together without the help of the Ambassadors’ Club. They provided the logistical support for the events, bringing together the expertise of local partners, to pull the event off without a hitch.” To make the pitches, delegates from the Ambassadors’ Club had to travel to Japan in 2013 for a pitch that lasted just minutes. “Thanks to the professional- looking, high-quality pitch we developed, we won the event," said Dr Duschesne, who had highlighted the city’s accessibility, affordability beauty and tourist- friendly atmosphere. “Along with the Québec City Convention Centre’s worldwide reputation for organising events, we felt we had several aces up our sleeves to convince the judges that Québec City was the best option. It also helped that Québec City has one of the highest concentrations of medical imaging researchers and specialists in North America,” he added. CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD 9